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Ancient Selfies: Vaykhel-Pekudei 5775 by Cantor Lipp

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:36am -- lcanfield

The last third of the book of Exodus, with the exception of the Golden Calf, is almost exclusively concerned with the building of the Tabernacle in the desert, the mobile precursor to Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem.

In the midst of repeating all the instructions from two weeks ago, our combined portion tomorrow relates that in order to make the laver, the washing stand for the priests who would perform the sacrifices, the women brought their bronze mirrors to be refashioned.

Rebeet: VaEira 5775 by Cantor Lipp

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:34am -- lcanfield

What he lacks in common sense he makes up in self esteem.

--from Fargo, the TV Series

If Pharaoh’s common sense would have trumped his self esteem he might have asked his magicians a simple question. They were able to duplicate the first two plagues, the blood and the frogs, and yet the king never asked them: If you can duplicate the plague, can you make it go away? 

Resolved: VaYchi 5775 by Cantor Lipp

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 12:25pm -- lcanfield

[The producer Phil] Spector stumbled out of his booth and into the studio. In one hand, he held a .45 revolver, in the other, a half-empty bottle of Manischewitz sweet kosher wine. He put his arm around Cohen's shoulder and shoved the revolver into the singer's neck. “Leonard,” he said, “I love you.” Not missing a beat, Cohen replied, “I hope you do, Phil.”

The Double Edged Sword: VaYigash 5775 by Cantor Lipp

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 9:10am -- lcanfield

“Sometimes it’s the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.” Three times this is said in the Imitation Game, the new film about Alan Turing’s breaking of the Nazi Enigma code during World War II.

Like a well written TV Series, novel, editorial or even a good joke, there will be connections of words, themes and ideas to tie any kind of narrative together. Our Torah portion is no exception.


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